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Comment Re:Logic Says It Should Be Legal (Score 1) 394

I'm willing to fund the FDA as an advisory agency, but not a regulatory one.

Hmm, how can I put this to a Libertarian... "I'm willing to sell anyone guns, but completely outlaw bullets".

I understand your frustration with overly expensive prescriptions, but of course you are NOT using unregulated drugs, you are buying cheaper generic versions of drugs from other countries because we are ALLOWING the drug companies to sell the SAME SHIT in the US for MUCH HIGHER cost.

What you are being fucked over by is the lack of single payer buying power of a universal healthcare system, not FDA regulations. You are effectively taking advantage of Canadian and European universal healthcare drug negotiation policies by buying "grey market".

Comment Re:Logic Says It Should Be Legal (Score 1) 394

How can the individual make up their mind when they are being sold fake (or even worse, adulterated) prescription drugs (as happens all the time in countries that don't regulate them carefully)? Unless everyone has their own home gas chromatograph that's just not going to work... nice troll, but no thanks.

Do you know WHY Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan, etc all have drugs at 1/10th (or less) of the cost of the US? Because they are single-payer. In a monopsony the buyer has a lot of control on the price, as opposed to the US where the drug monopolies have free reign.

Comment Re:Captain Kirk says... (Score 2) 308

Oh yeah! Mid 40's here and have been skydiving since 2012, and really gearing up on flying a wingsuit out of the plane for the last couple of years. Funnily enough life's been pretty awesome since then, so I'm in no hurry to rush into BASE, much less Wingsuit base, which seems like it has a ridiculously high fatality rate. I know three amazing wingsuit pilots, one who was my AFF instructor back in 2012, who have gone in this year. I think they were all trying to fly that ridiculous run in Charmonix. Cave diving and surfing the waves from collapsing glaciers in Alaska are similarly hazardous and awesome. There is no shortage of potentially deadly hobbies to get into!

Comment Thieves, Eh? (Score 1) 463

Given the blatantly false hype on the game right up to the day before the launch, I'd say the refunds are preventing a much more expensive class action lawsuit that could very easily be won by the players by just running the trailer footage alongside the actual gameplay footage. What was promised was not delivered, and the only reason you had as many preorders as you did was due to the promises of the developers. In fact, now that I'm thinking about it and pissed off again, maybe I'll pen a letter to the FTC asking them to look into it!

Comment Re:Fair use (Score 1) 172

It would be fair use only if used infrequently. For example, if you want to quote someone else's article in your article, that's fair use. However, if your entire business is dependent upon making snippets from thousands of articles, that's no longer fair use, it's commercial use.

No, you're wrong.

First, fair use applies to both commercial and non-commercial uses. For example, when Mad Magazine did a movie parody, that would be fair use, even though the magazine us sold for an increasing cheap price and is a commercial venture.

Second, the previous poster didn't really explain it well. Fair use is when a copyrighted work is used without permission in a way that, but for fair use, would be infringing, but which is not infringing because it is in the general purpose of copyright to allow such a use. It's evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and is completely fact dependent. This, any particular use might be a fair use, but not just any use actually is.

There's a test for finding out whether a use is fair or not. It has four factors, though it isn't a matter of adding up how many factors go one way or another, and depending on the case, one factor might be treated as outweighing another. Plus, it's just a tool; other factors can be considered too.

The factors are: 1) the purpose and character of the use, such as whether the use is for profit or not, whether the use would advance the progress of knowledge by resulting in something new or otherwise helpful; 2) the nature of the work being used, such as whether it is fictional and therefore very creative and worth protecting, or factual, and therefore not worth protecting quite so much (how a work presents itself is also often relevant in copyright; if you claim that something is a fact, even though it's made up or is just a hypothesis, others may get to treat it as a fact) as well as whether the work being used has already been published or not; 3) the amount of the work used, and how important to the work that portion is; and 4) whether the use will have a negative effect on the value or market for the work (positive effects are not considered).

Snippets of this type -- in aggregate, mind you -- have repeatedly been found to be fair use in the US because for the first factor, although the use is commercial in nature, it provides a benefit to society in being able to search for this material (which of course requires as much material as possible to be used in constructing the index, even though the index itself, as opposed to the results of a search, is not made available), the second factor may weigh against the use depending on the material being indexed, but it is not treated as being very important, obviously the whole work must be used to make the index for the index to be useful, so the third factor doesn't matter, and for the fourth factor, it doesn't harm the market for news articles to be able to find them and to see in one or two lines why they match your search terms. It doesn't matter if that's the business model.

And if you think this is extreme, look at time shifting, which is bad on all of the first three factors, but is sufficiently successful on the fourth so as to be fair use (in a general way, since again it is highly fact dependent)

Comment Re:Logic Says It Should Be Legal (Score 1) 394

There may be some merit to that argument for places like Mexico where quality controls are quite poor

This is in fact a government granted monopoly.

HAH! This is one of my favorite hypocrisies of the Libertarian. So, do you want the government to ensure your drugs are safe, or do you want to let anyone make and sell any drugs as cheaply as possible?

Because the only "government monopoly" in this case specifically or in many others generally is that other companies feel that it costs to much to test their drug to make sure it's safe. Is the system maybe a bit too careful? Probably. But when it's a life saving drug (that can be dangerous, as you said, without proper quality controls) it's hard to justify cutting corners to safe money.

You cannot have both a free market AND a monopoly in most cases.

This is even more amazing! If that were true, anti-trust laws wouldn't be necessary. Wow. There are SO many examples that disprove this I wouldn't even know where to start. Thank you, it's been a long day so it was nice to have a good laugh...

Comment No but I'm optimistic (Score 1) 382

I still get round to ripping old DVDs, and very very occasionally old CDs, that I pick up in second hand shops. I've not loaded a data CD for years.

I'd be loath to get rid of my optical drive from my hulking great tower PC though. Partly because I have some old backup media that I want to be able to read again one day. (Yes I know I could move it to disk / cloud / whatever and that the CDs are probably degraded already).

But mainly, a bit like getting hand written letters, I'm sort of hoping for the day I get to open a nice jewel case, pop the unscratched new disk in, and wait in anticipation while it spins up. Nostalgia.

Comment Re: Congrats Linus (Score 0) 109

Likely, for Linux to be good, it needs to be good. How Linus is, and how he operates, determine to a large extent what Linux is. In other worlds, you need to encourage Linus to keep being himself to preserve Linux - he can't be some other politically correct moron and still achieve what he did. Just like Steve Jobs, Einstein and many ither geniuses, just learn to accept that you cannot get it both, and for good reason. Btw, I really like how Linus leads, a lot. Should be worth 75 Hardvard case studies if not more.

Comment Re:Bring it to my area (Score 1) 204

Ditto. I'm sitting here not too far from Google headquarters and I'm dying to get their service. I don't know why they've been targeted "non-technie" communities, but if they'd start rolling out their service to areas with a higher concentration of tech workers, they'd see the numbers they were hoping for.

Comment Re:38,000 cubic meters of helium? (Score 4, Interesting) 172

The helium market is more complicated than people think. MRIs and superconductors need very pure helium, often in liquid form. Party balloons and (I assume) airships don't. So when helium becomes contaminated with air (which it does very easily) what do you do? Answer, you mainly vent it to the atmosphere, because your average research institute or hosptial can't possibly afford to install the equipment to recover pure (and possibly liquid) helium (what they need) from a helium-air gas mix. It makes more sense to sell the helium-air mix to balloon and airship manufacturers.

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